Living with diversity: what difference can film-making make?

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Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook, ISSN: 1601-829x, Vol: 7, Issue: 1, Page: 9-27

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HJORT, Mette
Canada, Danish film culture, documentary film, film and cultural policy, globalisation, multiculturalism
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When it comes to meeting the multicultural challenge that currently confronts some of the smaller European nations, film-making has an important role to play. For a variety of reasons, documentary film-making has a particularly significant contribution to make. With its capacity to bring the concrete other into clear focus and its emphasis on basic epistemological norms, a properly assertoric approach to film-making helps to counteract stereotyped thinking while encouraging depth of understanding. In contexts characterized by thoughtful cultural policy, by visionary programming efforts, and by a clear sense of the opportunities that new platforms for debate and exchange afford, documentary film-making emerges as a particularly powerful means of both forging and strengthening the social bonds on which civil society be it local, regional, or global depends.

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